Life is Better With Tankless

Need help understanding what tankless water heaters are and if they’re right for you? We’re here to help. We have everything you need to make an educated decision on your home’s most important appliance.

How Tankless Works

No-Hassle Hot Water, When and Where You Need It

With a tankless water heater, your home's cold water is heated only when you need it, and it stays hot until you're done using it. This results in a limitless hot water supply and little to no wasted energy usage.

  1. Flame ignites and heats two heat exchangers
  2. Water preheats as it passes through the secondary heat exchanger
  3. Water continues to heat to desired temperature as it passes through stainless steel primary heat exchanger
  4. Water exits the unit and travels to the water fixture where it is needed
  5. Flame output adjusts as needed to maintain water temperature during use
  6. With usage complete, the flame turns off and water stops flowing

Condensing vs. Non-Condensing

RUR SE+ Series

Condensing

With a second heat exchanger, exhaust is looped back into the system to heat water more efficiently.

  • Higher heater cost, though the venting materials are more flexible including 2” PVC
  • Higher energy efficiency
  • Must drain condensation at the bottom of the heater
  • Ideal for colder climates with lower groundwater temperatures
RL HE+ Series

Non-Condensing

With only one heat exchanger, exhaust gas is ventilated out of the top of the heater instead of used in the heating system.

  • Lower initial cost, though you need a metal-based exhaust vent system
  • Simpler maintenance
  • No need to drain condensate if vented horizontally
  • Ideal for warmer climates with higher groundwater temperatures

Tankless water heaters can work with both natural gas and propane heat sources.

If your home runs on all-electric heat, tankless may still be a viable option. Contact a Rinnai PRO for further assistance.

Technology & Features

  1. 01

    Compact Size

    Tankless water heaters are about the size of a carry-on suitcase, so they can fit in small spaces like closets, cabinets, and mud rooms.

  2. 02

    Unlimited Hot Water

    Because your water is continuously heated as needed, you’ll never have to choose between taking a hot shower, doing a load of laundry, or running the dishwasher.

  3. 03

    Wi-Fi Capable

    Wi-Fi technology allows certain water heaters to be monitored and controlled (scheduling, recirculation, and more) via smartphone or voice-controlled device.

  4. 04

    Durability

    Tankless water heaters are easier to repair than tanks, often eliminating the need to replace the unit. And many offer extended, comprehensive warranties.

  5. 05

    Energy Efficiency

    Rated by a Uniform Energy Factor (UEF), tankless water heaters are a highly efficient hot water appliance and ENERGY STAR® certified units offer additional energy saving benefits.

  6. 06

    Convenience

    Accessories like room motion sensors and push-button water demand are available to help make hot water instantly available when it's needed.

No More Waiting for Hot Water

Waiting for hot water can be frustrating, costly, and wasteful. Recirculating technology eliminates the wait, so hot water is always at the ready. Our technology permits this even if your home does not have a dedicated return line.

 

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The Smart Investment

RUR SE+ Series

Better Than a Tank

Your water heater is the most important appliance in your home. Choosing tankless is the smart investment.

  • Tankless water heaters last up to twice as long as tanks
  • Save energy by heating water only when it's needed
  • Avoid costly replacement events with a maintainable and repairable tankless unit

Compare Tankless vs. Tank

Tankless Water Heater Tank Water Heater
Technology Super High-Efficiency
Condensing Tankless
High-Efficiency
Non-Condensing Tankless
Gas
50G Storage Tank
Electric
50G Storage Tank
Fuel Type or Energy Source Natural Gas Propane Natural Gas Propane Natural Gas Propane Electric
UEF (Uniform Energy Factor) 0.92 0.92 0.81 0.81 0.60 0.60 0.95
Annual Operating Costs* $201 $487 $228 $552 $309 $745 $626

*As based on the average cost to run an electric tank water heater per the Department of Energy (DOE) Average Energy Costs (doe.gov) 2017

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